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Get Green tomatoes on plant to turn red sooner

I live in Remsen, NY-Zone 3 at the foot of the Adirondack mountains. I plant my garden end of May with earliest possible tomatoes in a sunny spot. It always takes forever for them to turn red. We even trim away some of the plant so they will get plenty of light. What can I do to make them turn red faster? Seems like they are still green at end of season-would be nice to get tomatoes now! We are getting a little bit of blight, but have trimmed diseased parts away.
Submitted by teresa_merritt

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. I don't know of anything you can do to naturally ripen tomatoes faster; the fruits just have to mature on their own. The fruits need a certain amount of heat to ripen, so they'll be slower in cool summers and faster in warm summers.

 

That said, I've heard some gardeners keep their tomatoes on the dry side to help encourage them to go red faster. I've not had the opportunity to try this, so I can't say whether it works. It may be worth a try --- though watch out because it may cause other problems (such as blossom drop).

 

Lastly, watch the varieties you're growing. Select types bred for cool, shorter summers if that's what your area experiences. They'll be better adapated to your area that way.

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com

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